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February Reading Wrap-Up

February Reading Wrap-Up

Reading is one of my favorite hobbies and I have decided to do a monthly post at the end of every month, telling you about the books I read during the month. I will include all of the books I read, a short summary, and what I rated the book. You can always check out my Goodreads for more information on the books I'm reading! I hope you enjoy!

February was a month of variety. I tried reading only books that were on my "to be read" list with one exception. Here are the books I read in February.

Favorite of the Month: The Heart's Invisible Furies by John Boyne 

Oh my, this book invoked so many emotions. I picked this book up on a whim at my local bookstore (Mr. K's--if you're in the Charleston area and haven't tried this place out, you seriously need to prioritize your life. JK, but am I really?) Anyways, I was drawn to the cover and it was only $5 so I figured, why not. When I first cracked it open, I was hooked. This story spans decades, first introducing you to the mother of our main character and then switching perspectives. This story is set in Ireland and focuses on Cyril Avery, a boy adopted by a set of not-so-loving parents. Throughout the book, Cyril battles with his personal identity and the push back he receives from his country of origin. 

This book was by far my favorite of February and will most definitely be in the running for 2018 favorite. 

A definite MUST READ.

I gave this title 5 out of 5 stars on Goodreads.

The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah

Kristin Hannah is one of my favorite authors (she did write the famous The Nightingale), so naturally I had to purchase her newest novel, The Great Alone. Set in Alaska in the 1970's, Hannah writes in depth about the struggles Leni's Vietnam POW father experiences after returning from the war. This story is about love, faith, and family and while it wasn't my favorite Hannah novel, I would definitely recommend. Hannah does an amazing job of painting a mental picture of the Alaskan Wilderness and what it's like to battle it in the heart of winter. 

I gave this title 5 out of 5 stars on Goodreads.

A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle

Yes, I can admit to you that I have not read this classic children's novel, until now. I was so intrigued by the trailer for the upcoming movie that I just had to add this to my reading list. It was a short read, one that took a lot of imagination. A book about time travel and other dimensions, this book is great for kids and for adults. I definitely enjoyed it and would recommend it.

I gave this title 4 out of 5 stars on Goodreads.

The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath

The Bell Jar is a novel that I've wanted to read for a long time. I first heard reference to it on Gilmore Girls, many years ago. Gilmore Girls is my favorite show and Sylvia Plath is one of Rory's favorite authors, so I figured I'd give it a try. 

It was an interesting book, to say the least. Set in the 1950's in New Year City, The Bell Jar is a story about a woman's slow spiral into a mental breakdown. Some say this book is an autobiography written by Plath about her own experiences with mental illness. 

If you're looking for something interesting and quite strange, I would recommend.

I gave this title 4 out of 5 stars on Goodreads.

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman

This novel was challenging for me to get through. It features the main character, Eleanor Oliphant, a strange and quirky woman, with a very dark past, who lacks social skills. Eleanor's haunted past is hinted throughout the book, which kept me intrigued. I did enjoy the ending though. 

I gave this title 3 out of 5 stars on Goodreads.

The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo by Amy Schumer

Not my average read but a completely irreverent, hilarious story written by Amy Schumer, this book had me rolling laughing. I loved her many hysterical tales about life and her experiences. Some of the sections of this book got heavy, which is a nice reprieve from the light-heartedness of the majority of the book. I listened to this book on audio and Schumer herself narrated it, which added a depth that I really enjoyed.

I would definitely recommend this book if you're not afraid of hearing hysterical tales of work, sex, relationships, love, and more. This book is not suitable for young readers.

I gave this title 5 out of 5 stars on Goodreads.

Titles that I read but didn't love: 

The Light We Lost by Jill Santopolo

I just couldn't get into this book. I stuck it out because it was a relatively easy read, but I just didn't love it. I'm not going to give you a summary of a book I didn't love, sorry. But I'm giving you the cover and a link to Goodreads. You may love it. If you do, let me know. 

I gave this title 3 out of 5 stars on Goodreads.

Titles I just couldn't finish:

Crooked House by Agathe Cristie. I've read Crisite in the past but I just wasn't in the mood for this book.

I hope you've enjoyed this February Reading Wrap-Up! If you decide to read any of these books I've recommend, please let me know! I would love to know your thoughts! What did you read in February? Do you have any book recs? Comment below to let me know!

Until next time, happy reading!

Emily

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